Wednesday, 16 March 2011

My new favourite blog - The Book Lantern

I very rarely do this so know that I mean it.  Last week I came across The Book Lantern blog which only started last month.  In the interest of full disclosure, I stumbled across it as they'd listed Persnickety Snark in their blog roll (yes, I have Google alerts).

Out of narcissistic interest I followed the link over.

Two minutes later I was already entering their html address into my Google Reader.

Why?

I am partial to discussion posts.  They are the element of Persnickety Snark that I loved writing the most.  They are apparently the one element of Persnickety Snark that you enjoyed reading (recommending and linking) the most.  (I have statistical evidence of this, I am not trying to be a cretin).   I am not a blogger who typically reads many reviews, I am much more engaged by what people are saying about the genre, the topics and the news.

So The Book Lantern was like a dream come true.  Well written, clearly argued positions on various elements of youth literature.  I might be in whole hearted agreement, or shut down / arms crossed denial, but I respect their ability to discuss different topics in an intelligent and supported way.  They tend to reference a whole gamut of titles when discussing topics, no matter the author.  Yes, there is a bent towards referencing paranormal titles but that's YA as a whole.

Four contributors write for the blog and as a result it's updated regularly with quality posts.  There isn't anything whiz-bang, gee whiz about The Book Lantern it is just purely well crafted, knowledgable and smart reflections on YA.  Something that we can always have more of.

Brava, The Book Lantern!

3 comments:

Vinaya said...

On behalf of the other Lanterns, I thank you! I've been doing a happy dance since I saw this post! We're SO glad you like our blog, we love yours too; it's quite a mutual admiration society out here! :) Cheers.

thatcovergirl said...

Woot, new blog to add to Google Reader. ;)

A Backwards Story said...

I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the rec!